Games like this make me want to pawn my TV for a drum kit. Final Score: 4-2 Blues.
When a road trip starts off with the St. Louis Blues, it’s generally a safe bet that the Oilers could be in for a long week. As far as road trips go, tonight was not the start they were after. This game was a few hundred cliches short, for the Oilers. At the end of the day, the St. Louis Blues are a way better hockey team than the Oilers are. Full stop. Part of the problem was that I’m not even sure what I expected from the Oilers in the first place. I guess, as sad as it is to say, I was just looking for a little ELPH.
As the game went on, I couldn’t help but wonder which was worse: watching the team that Craig MacTavish deemed to be good enough to start the season, or the fact that we have absolutely no hope for a win going into a game like tonight’s against the Blues. I can’t imagine things could possibly get worse than feeling like we literally having no hope for a win before the game has even started. This HAS to be rock bottom, right? RIGHT!? *sigh*
To sum up the game in a sentence, the Oilers were outmatched in every aspect of the game. There were parts of the game that looked like a scrimmage that Pre-Novice kids have with their dads at the end of the season. Frankly, it would have been nice if Ken Hitchcocked would have instituted some kind of “5 passes before you score” type of rule. Hitchcock was born in Edmonton (long before the Oilers were around), so I don’t feel like it’s too much to ask to let us swing from the Ladies Tee. Anyway…
THE BRIGHT SIDE
- Nugey is going to the Allstar game, and I’m throwing my name in the hat to be his chaperone.
- The game ended early enough that I wouldn’t have to go to bed angry.
- Two goals for Pouliot, and he caused a scrum at the end of the game. The guy loves mixing it up.
- First goal against Tarasenko notwithstanding, I thought Scrivens played well considering the circumstances. It’s not as though the skaters were lighting the world on fire, in front of him. Scrivens finished with 25 saves, and a .862 save%.
- The #Tank2015 movement takes another step forward.
THE FACE PALMERS
- Max Lapierre is my nominee for “Most Punchable Face.” Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait for someone to come up with an award show, with that category, for Lapierre to be crowned the winner.
- I’m going to miss Jeff Petry.
- Tarasenko scored a weak goal on Scrivens in the first period. Those are the kind of shots that the goalies need to stop. NEED THEM SAVES, BRAH.
- There’s getting outshot, and there’s getting Oilers’d. The Blues outshot the Oilers 29-15 tonight. They could not get anything going offensively.
- The Blues won 68% of the faceoffs.
- Speaking of shots, the Oilers didn’t reach double digits in shots until the 3rd period.
- Right at the end of the game, Benoit Pouliot got into a scrum with 3 Blues players. Not one Oiler jumped in after him. Gross.
BEST OF THE TWEETS
The St. Louis Blues have just as many wins in their last four games (4) as the Edmonton Oilers have in their last 28. Enjoy the game.
— Rob Tychkowski (@Sun_Tychkowski) January 14, 2015
@OilersNation Is there some sorta rule or protocol against a head coach wearing a bathrobe and smoking a cigar behind the bench?
— Billie Depner (@Billiezilla) January 14, 2015
@OilersNation did he just trying Jhultzing without his stick? He’s doing it wrong
— Zed (@zedhead) January 14, 2015
— The Iron-E (@vote4p3dr0) January 14, 2015
— Johnny Labour (@johnalanashton) January 14, 2015
— Zed (@zedhead) January 14, 2015
@OilersNation You should have started around the beginning of October.
— teslahockey (@teslahockey) January 14, 2015
@OilersNation STILL taking longer to build than the pyramids
— Braidon Hastings (@Braidonh) January 14, 2015
Gagner negates #Coyotes power play after only 1:08.
— Sarah McLellan (@azc_mclellan) January 14, 2015
— Jake DesRoches (@Baresnake) January 14, 2015
THE CHARITY TICKET AUCTION FINALE…
With many fans seeing this season as rock bottom, we wanted to make going to the Oilers game a little more positive. As such, our friend @soniasrunway has offered up tickets to the January 27th game, against the Minnesota Wild. Where are the tickets? Section 130, Row 14, Seat 13/14. Rather than give the tickets away, Wanye thought it might bring a little bit of good karma if we auctioned them off, and donated the money to the ICCP. Understandably, many of you may be rolling your eyes, so we’re going to spice up the offer.
If you bid, you will not just be getting the tickets you’ll also be getting $100 in Pint GCs, a ride to and from the game in the #NationLimo, and a couple free NationGear tshirts. All the money will be donated directly to the Inner City Children’s Program, so please only bid if you’re serious about it. We’ll keep the Auction running throughout the weekend/next week, and I’ll update the bids as they come in. If you need any more information, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The auction ends tonight, so bring on the bids!